I decided my very first restaurant review should be positive… So I decided that I wanted to tell everyone about Pasta Plus in Laurel, MD. Pasta Plus is a very unassuming restaurant in a strip mall. On the left, there is a Chinese food restaurant and on the right, two vacant storefronts. Pasta Plus is a first come, first serve restaurant so you wait in a line until a table is ready. Tonight, my husband and I were waiting and a few people tried to walk through to “put their name on a list.” We assured them that there was no list… oh Pasta Plus newbies. They were in for a real culinary treat.
My husband and I were excited… this food was going to be good. First, we each started with a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and some of the crusty bread. We dipped it in a little olive oil and parmesan. Can you hear the crunch? Next, we ordered the fried calamari with marinara. The calamari was fried perfectly – a slight chew and then it melted in your mouth. The marinara was seasoned well with a sweet tomato taste. Just take a look…
Our waiter, David, was very gracious. We listened to the specials and yet – I already had my mind made up. I have a favorite dish, you see. Greg likes to try different items at Pasta Plus and there was a special on pan fried lamb chops. We saw several people order them as we were reviewing the menu.
So you may be wondering – what is my favorite dish? What dish do I dream about? Well, I love a good stuffed pasta and Pasta Plus excels at this. I ordered the agnolotti with aurora sauce (tomato and cream sauce). Typically, the agnolotti is served with a cream sauce. I am not a huge cream sauce fan and absolutely adore the aurora sauce. These little pillows are stuffed with ricotta and spinach. I cut the agnolotti in half just so I can savor it more. Delicious.
My husband ordered the fried lamb chops. They were pounded flat, breaded and fried. It reminded me of a piccata. I, of course, stole a bite. It was cooked well and not gamey at all. It had a nice crisp crust. He had an option of grilled vegetables or pasta. It’s Pasta Plus… of course, order a side of pasta. It’s homemade fettuccine. Enough said.
Did you notice how large a portion that is? For $27, Pasta Plus gives you plenty for your money. Finally, we shared a cannoli. Nice crisp cookie-like shell with slightly sweet cheese filling. Never disappoints.
In conclusion, Pasta Plus is one of the best Italian restaurants that I have been to in the DC Metropolitan area. They specialize in homemade pastas and other Italian food options. It’s a family friendly place with a casual atmosphere. You may stand a bit before being seated – but, it’s totally worth it. Come hungry. Leave satisfied.